Meet Stephanie: Jewish Giver of the Week

by Rachel Kriegsman / December 2, 2020

From her early days at MIX 107.3 to her current work at WTOP, Stephanie Flax has built a career in the broadcasting industry. In her spare time, Stephanie is part of a network of professionals who connect with the DC community through giving opportunities. As we move from #GivingTuesday through the end of the year, we’re thinking a lot about giving back these days. Read this week’s 1:1 interview to learn more about Stephanie, what’s on her bucket list, and ways you can get involved in giving efforts this holiday season!

Rachel: What brought you to DC and what made you stay?

Stephanie: I am a Montgomery County native. The summer before my senior year in college, I interned for former radio stations MIX 107.3 and Smooth Jazz 105.9. When the opportunity later arose to join the staff full-time, I jumped at the chance to move closer to home and work with colleagues whom I adored. I’ve lived in DC proper since then and love it. 

Rachel: I know this is the most DC thing, but tell me more about what you do and how you got into that! 

Stephanie: I have managed to continue a career in the broadcasting industry and work as a project manager in the advertising department of WTOP and Federal News Network. I really enjoy being a part of a community-oriented organization!

Rachel: We’re thinking a lot about giving these days. Tell me more about Next Gen Giving Circle, an initiative that you’re involved in locally. What is it and how did you get involved?

Stephanie:  The Next Gen Giving Circle (NGGC) is comprised of DC-area professionals who contribute monthly donations that get pooled together for impactful grants to community causes. Members convene throughout the year to connect and engage with the local community. In 2020, we had the honor of awarding $30,000 in grants to 6 local nonprofits that members voted on. 

One of my closest friends is a co-founder of NGGC. Upon learning the premise, I knew I wanted to be involved. Our membership is over 80 people in our first year and we are looking to grow in 2021.

The Next Gen Giving Circle is accepting new members now through December 31st. Anyone who is interested in supporting community causes in the Greater Washington region is invited to visit our website to learn more about becoming a member. All are welcome!

Rachel: Describe your dream day in DC from start to finish.

Stephanie:  The most perfect day always begins with brunch. My husband and I have started making bagels as a pandemic hobby, but we also really love the bagels at Bagels Etc. on P Street. Then, we would take a nice, long walk around the city. I love to shop, and since we’re getting close to Hanukkah, I would stop by Tabletop (in either Dupont or Takoma Park) to pick out some gifts. The day would end with dinner with friends at Kotobuki for sushi and a comedy show at DC Improv.

Rachel: What do you do to relax or for fun at the end of a long week?

Stephanie:  My husband and I celebrate Shabbat every Friday night. It’s a great reason to have a delicious meal, eat challah, and unwind after the work week. In particular, we love celebrating with friends and look forward to continuing that tradition post-pandemic!

Rachel: What’s at the top of your life bucket list or where are places you’d love to travel? Why?

Stephanie: I love to travel and there are so many wonderful places to visit both domestically and abroad. I’ve never been to San Francisco, so that is at the top of my domestic travel bucket list. Internationally, I’ve always wanted to see the beautiful wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. 

Rachel: Complete this sentence – “When Jews of DC Gather…

Stephanie:  ….there’s an opportunity for tikkun olam!


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